Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula



Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula


Writes that she is still concerned with daughter being unwell and describes daily activities including sending her to bed. Concern over possibility of whooping cough. Mentions listening to radio and days post electricity bill for £3.4.11,



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Two page handwritten letter


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Tuesday Jan. 29
Darling Johnnie,
I’m not a bit happy about Frances, she doesn’t seem nearly so well today as yesterday. She got up to breakfast, but started an awful fit of coughing, & made herself sick. Afterwards she started to work on her scrap book, then said she didn’t feel well & went to bed for about an hour. She got up of her own accord about 11 am & seemed better, & this time started doing some painting by the dining room fire, while I went on with my music lesson. But after about 1/2 hour she started crying, I went to her & she complained of a tummy pain. So I suggested she should go to bed again,
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which she gladly did, must have dropped off to sleep quite quickly & hasn’t woken yet (2 p.m.) She’s obviously far from well. It may only be general weakness after the flu, but when she coughed so this morning & then was sick I began to fear whooping cough, altho’ I haven’t heard any whooping. I think I’ll just keep her quiet for today, & not send for Howard unless there are definite disquieting symptoms. Her temperature is normal.
I listened to “The Way to the Stars” on the radio last night – quite good. Only post this morning was electricity bill (£3.4.11.) – I wonder when the milk permit will come?
Longing to have news from you about your immediate future, I do miss you so darling, come home again soon. Yours always. Ursula.



Ursula Valentine, “Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 9, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/20613.

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